Buddhism in dialogue with European institutions
In Strasbourg we work within the Conference of INGOs at the Council of Europe, with special focus on subjects identified by the Human Rights Committee, such as: extreme poverty, hate speech, and intercultural dialogue for an inclusive society.
In Brussels we work, amongst others, together with ENORB, with special focus on the implementation of human and civil rights, as expressed in the European Convention on Human Rights, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the EU Equalities Directive.
Council of Europe
In 2008 the EBU obtained official participatory status at the Council of Europe.
Established in 1949, the Council of Europe (CoE) is a gathering of 47 member states representing 820 million citizens. It is a pan-European organisation promoting co-operation between all European countries, in the areas of human rights, democratic development and the rule of law. Membership of the CoE depends upon a country’s adoption of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Council of Europe is the only intergovernmental organisation in the world in which civil society enjoys participatory status instead of merely consultative status. At present, around 320 non-profit organisations enjoy participatory status in the Conference of INGOs.
Council of Europe: INGO Human Rights Committee
The EBU works together with other European non-profit organisations in the CoE’s Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations.
In June 2014 Michel Aguilar was elected chair of the INGO Human Rights Committee, for a three-year term.
Topics currently on the Human Rights Committee’s agenda include: the protection of human rights defenders, human rights and religion, convictions and human rights, implementation of the Convention of Lanzarote on child protection, implementation of the Convention of Istanbul on protection of women against violence, and protection of the Social Charter in times of crisis.
The EBU is a partner in dialogue between the European Union and EU bodies concerned with religion and belief.
The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union of 28 European states with over 500 million citizens.
In 2009 article 11 of the Treaty of Lisbon came into force, enshrining in primary law a structural dialogue between the EU and its religions, churches and philosophical and non-confessional organisations.
European Union: ENORB
The EBU is a founding member of ENORB, the European Network on Religion and Belief. ENORB brings European confessional and non-confessional organisations together in dialogue with the European Union.
ENORB and its member organisations promote and work within the framework of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, to combat discrimination and promote mutual understanding.
Topics currently on ENORB’s agenda include: prejudice and discrimination, freedom of dress and to wear religious insignia, equalities in relation to gender and sexual orientation and employment in relation to religious or non-religious beliefs.